Why I Believe in the Bible

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I’m explaining why I believe what I believe. Please read my introductory post if you have not done so already.

I previously explained why I believe in Jesus Christ and why his resurrection forms the very core of my belief system. The rest of my specific beliefs are based on the fact that I believe in the Bible.

My belief in the Bible stems from my belief in Jesus Christ, because it is the Bible that bears witness to Jesus Christ. The Old Testament sets the stage, providing the background to Jesus Christ and pointing toward his coming. The gospels recount his ministry on earth, his teachings on the kingdom, his death and resurrection, and our call to follow him. Then the epistles continue to flesh out the theology of the Christ and how he calls us to live.

It just makes sense to me that if God was going to do something this big, he would want to leave a record of it. The Bible is that God-breathed record of what I believe to be true.

Looking internally at the Bible, my belief is strengthened as I see how perfectly it all fits together, despite the thousands of years and scores of authors God used to bring it to completion. The various biblical authors reference and corroborate one another throughout, and they do so without a single legitimate contradiction.

I’m aware of many websites and books devoted to pointing out list after list of alleged contradictions found in the Bible, but these only serve to further increase my confidence in the Bible. Every single “contradiction” I’ve examined (and I’ve gone through quite a few of them) has an easy explanation when proper consideration is taken for the context.

I can also point to the extraordinary number of manuscripts that exist for the books of the Bible, dwarfing every other piece of ancient literature. Or I could mention a number of archeological finds that confirm various facts in the Bible. And then there are the many prophecies in the Bible that have already been fulfilled.

There are really far too many different lines of evidence to begin examining any of them in detail here, and I’m trying to keep this brief. If you’re interested, the following is a great video by Voddie Baucham explaining why he chooses to believe in the Bible. He expands on such details a bit more than I’m going to get into right now.

But the most important thing about my personal belief in the Bible is this. I believe in the Bible primarily because I believe in Jesus Christ, not the other way around. Jesus Christ is my ultimate foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11), not the Bible.

I love the Bible and trust in it as God’s revealed word to us, but I dare not place it above the divine Word who is God and who has been with God from the beginning (John 1:1–2). Even the Bible itself may become an idol if we elevate it above Jesus.

If the Bible were some day proven to be unreliable (though I don’t believe it will be), my faith in Jesus Christ would remain unshaken. I believe in him, first and foremost, and also in the Bible because it bears witness to him.

With all that said, pretty much everyone who claims belief in the Bible has differing beliefs about the Bible. That’s because of differences in interpretation. So if you want to really understand my specific beliefs, you’ll need to understand how I interpret the Bible. We’ll get to that next time.

For now, what do you think of the Bible? Is it from God? Is it trustworthy?

Why do you believe what you believe?

“Why I Believe” Series